It would be nice to enjoy the morning or cap the night off with a cup of fresh juice or a smoothie of your favorite veggies and fruits. But if your juicer is busted, perhaps you’re staying at a friend’s house or you simply just don’t have a juicer at home, you have probably been wondering how to make juice without a juicer. What should you do?
The good news is that there are alternative ways you can try if you want to indulge in that delish taste and freshness of juice or at least get close to the quality of juice that juicers produce. The procedure may not be as fast as what juicers do but it’s going to be pretty easy and surprisingly much cheaper in terms of cost!
Alternative Ways to Juice Your Veggies and Fruits
If you can’t wait to take delight in your cup of fresh juice, we will walk you through the simple and easy alternative ways on how to make juice without a juicer. And no, they won’t cost you a lot of bucks because you can probably just find these tools in your very own kitchen!
Almost every home has a blender and a strainer in their kitchen. And if you do find these in yours as well or in the place you’re staying in, you can prepare your veggies and fruits and go for a quick blend. Here’s how to do it:
STEP 1: Rinse your fruits and veggies thoroughly and get rid of all the dirt and any other particles. Make sure to keep them clean before you toss them into the blender. Also, there are certain kinds of fruits or veggies that require peeling like apples, bananas, or ginger or some that have seeds that need to be extracted. If the produce is large, cut it into pieces for faster and more efficient blending.
STEP 2: Put the fruits or vegetables inside the blender and distribute them evenly. Place the bulky and sturdier produce at the bottom. Go for a blend until the texture gets smoother. You may need to add water now and then to achieve your desired consistency. Turn it off once in a while. Give it a good stir and check if there are any lumps or bulky pieces that need more blending.
STEP 3: Get a pitcher, a mesh strainer, and a spatula. To make sure you get a nice and smooth consistency of your juice, pour the mixture into the strainer and press it with a spatula (or spoon if you don’t have any spatula) to get rid of the lumps, peelings, seeds, and other unwanted pieces and particles from the juice.
Getting the mixture into the mesh strainer will also allow you to control the fiber you put into your juice, especially if you are blending greens.
After pressing it down, don’t throw the mixture on strainer just yet. Give it a rest for a few minutes to make sure you get all the juice down to the last drip. If you want to see if there’s any juice left, press it again with a spatula.
If you don’t have a strainer, you can also a cheesecloth to strain the mixture. Just place the produce into the cloth, wrap it, and twist and squeeze it tightly and strain the juice into a container or bowl.
STEP 4: Serve the juice in a glass or mug. Give it a sip and enjoy!
If you want to see how to make juice without a juicer with greens, for example, you can check the video below:
If you want to try a blender and a cheesecloth, you can also try this:
Try a hand press squeezer.
If you are planning to wrap up your day with a fresh citrus juice like oranges or lemons, you can juice them with a manual hand press squeezer. If this is available, you can use it mostly on citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruits, oranges, or lime.
Press squeezers come in different sizes or designs but they all work the same thing: to extract the juices out of the fruit by manual pressing it down to an acid-resistant pointed press glass or plastic. However, it can only be used mainly on citrus fruits.
STEP 1: Prepare your fruits. For a glass of orange juice (1 pint or 160z), you may need 3 to 4 oranges. Rinse them with water and clean them thoroughly.
STEP 2: Get a knife and a chopping board. Slice the fruits in half.
STEP 3: Get half of the fruit and place it on top of the squeezer. If you’re using a manual squeezer, press the fruit down and squeeze it until it crushes the pulp and extracts the juices out of it. A squeezer usually has a filter and a container which separates the seeds and pulp from the juice.
Some designs, however, are automatic where the squeezer spins at a certain speed to thoroughly and effortlessly extract the juices.
STEP 4: When you’re done with the first fruit, repeat the steps with the rest of half slices.
STEP 5: Get the container and pour the juice into a glass. You may add sugar or water to customize the flavor according to your preferred taste.
Extract juice with a grater and a strainer.
If you want to juice sturdier veggies and fruits like ginger, cucumber, apples, carrots, pears, or tomatoes, you may go a little bit traditional with a tightly-woven thin cloth or cheesecloth, a grater, and a strainer. However, this may not be the ideal technique if you want to juice pineapples or other leafy greens.
STEP 1: Rinse the fruits thoroughly. If you’re going to juice fruits like pears, carrots, or apples, peel them first.
STEP 2: Get the grater and place it on a bowl or container with a cloth. Use the grater to shred the fruit. If you’re going to juice oranges, lemons, or lime, you can skip grating, peel them off, and put the pulp into the cheesecloth.
STEP 3: After you put the grated produce in the cloth, wrap it, and twist the cloth firmly and tightly. Twist and squeeze it until you extract all the juices out of it. Make sure to catch the juices in a bowl or container!
STEP 4: Pour yourself a glass of your delish drink and enjoy!
Use a sturdy glass cup.
If you’re left with nothing but a glass cup and still want to know how to make juice without a juicer like fresh orange or lemon juice, here’s another trick you can try! Just make sure you’re using a sturdy glass cup and not a crappy one. This can also get a little bit messy but it works!
STEP 1: Slice the orange or lemon into half. You may also need 3 to 4 oranges with this procedure.
STEP 2: Get your glass. To catch any messy spills, place the glass on a plate or bowl. Put the fruit at the edge or rim of the glass. The principle you’re going to use here is similar to how you use a squeezer. Start squeezing the fruit clockwise until you extract all the juices and pulp out.
STEP 3: There’ll be a lot of mess for sure. The ones you spilled into the plate or bowl can still be used and you can put it together with the juice in the glass.
STEP 4: Because there are still probably pulp and remnants in the glass, you can strain the juice using a strainer or cheesecloth.
STEP 5: Clean all the mess and take a sip in your glass of fresh juice!
There are certainly a lot of ways on how to make juice without a juicer. If you’re short on the budget to invest in a juicer or just want to try out some ways because a juicer is unavailable, it shouldn’t take a toll on your goal to live more healthily. You can always take delight in a fresh and delicious cup of juice without costing you a lot of money and perhaps, what you need is just right there in your kitchen!
It may take a little time and effort (and can also be pretty messy!) but the ways mentioned above surely work! Give them a try and don’t forget to share with us how it turned out!